AUNE’s Center for Academic Innovation Obtains NHCF Grant

The Center for Academic Innovation at Antioch University New England (AUNE) has received a $15,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) to help it embark on its next stages.

We are thrilled to receive this injection of support through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, as we enter phase two of start up for Antioch University New England’s Center for Academic Innovation, said Abigail Abrash Walton, the center’s founding director.  This grant will facilitate growing a new crop of innovative teaching and learning offerings and support our implementation of best-practice systems for entrepreneurship and innovation.

The CAI was launched on March 1, 2012, to lead the next waves of innovation on the AUNE campus and advance AUNE’s goal of providing transformative education through scholarship, innovation and community action for a just and sustainable society. Its mandate is to encourage entrepreneurship at AUNE through start-up funding, expert assessment of business plans, administrative support, ongoing feedback, and evaluation.

Part of the NHCF grant will be used to support the Innovation Reveals Itself program, scheduled for January 30 at AUNE, where faculty who benefited from early CAI support and collaboration will discuss their projects.

The CAI will also use the NHCF grant to add fuel to Phase II of the center’s start-up process to:

  • Develop a multi-year strategic blue ocean innovation plan;
  • Establish an  advisory Council for Academic Innovation; and
  • Support new initiatives through its Innovation Grants and an Innovation Series of capacity-building workshops and topic-focused working groups.

The funding for the CAIwas provided by an anonymous donor-advised fund within the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses. It awards $30 million annually in grants and scholarships. Based in Concord, the foundation roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards, serving communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont.  More information is available at or by calling 603-224-6641.

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